At some point I should have made a plan. (But where's the fun in that?)
Part of the challenge is working with so many items that I have had for years, and feeling locked in to a style direction and a color palette based on those. So when we took the dining room rug to be cleaned earlier this year, I got to "see" the dining room possibilities without the piece that set the palette, the piece that I love (love love love) but that may be fighting with the house and that, in truth, I bought when I was 25. Times change. Styles evolve.
Are you still reading? Wordy, I know.
Kathryn says: "Always accept hand me downs, even if they are not exactly your style." This is what I have done over the years, and I love that I can turn to her for inspiration to pull it together and make it all work. Kathryn Ireland has a more-is-more attitude (amen!), tempering all the exotic textiles and strong color with antiques, rustic wood, oversize lamps, and casual rugs. I love that she uses formal elements (like dressed-to-the-nines beds) without her spaces feeling formal at all. It's a hard trick to pull off.
(Let's look at some of her work together tomorrow, shall we?)
What this means is I am re-thinking the rug situation again.
Womp womp womp!
I torture myself, oh how I do!